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Filling in 'interests/hobbies' in CV

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HamZilla, 21 Apr 2010.

  1. HamZilla

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

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    Location: Watford, Herts

    What have you put in the Interests / hobbies section of your CVs or read about of others?

    Are there any too trivial or insignificant to bother mentioning?

    I'm looking for ideas (not to put things I don't actually do, but as a gauge of what is acceptable/professional).
     
  2. mangobreeder

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Mar 2008

    Posts: 2,567

    Im a blackbelt so i put my martial arts obsession on there, and im a keen gardener so i put my allotments.

    i would refrain from putting on boning the missus and getting tanked up as a hobby
     
  3. meghatronic

    Capodecina

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    Depends on the job.

    However, I would never mention anything that wasn't measurable (e.g. an award, trophy, martial arts, certificate) or as a team (sports, etc.). E.g. five-aside yes, reading no.

    This is the Vault consensus too.
     
  4. arknor

    Caporegime

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    Location: Newcastle/Zurich

    tell them about pub darts team and drunken twister championships
     
  5. ci_newman

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Hook, Hants

    Don't put "computer games" or anything equally trivial. Put down real pursuits e.g. if you are part of a sports club (e.g. football, badminton) or do any volunteer work. You should put stuff that can be substantiated, not "enjoys summer walks along the beach"
     
  6. mac1st3

    Mobster

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    Location: Southampton

    had one CV handed in the other day, interests included "Being myself" and "looking after myself"

    apparently, manager had one handed to him some years ago by a nigerian after a job, under 'specialist skills' he included "Money Laundering" :D
     
  7. sh4dy1981

    Gangster

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    Location: West Sussex

    Usefull skill to have i guess lol :D
     
  8. Dinomania

    Mobster

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    Posts: 4,328

    Stuff that, I'd be stupid not to mention the swing dancing and tall ship sailing, both of which have taken me around the world meeting new people.
     
  9. meghatronic

    Capodecina

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    Surely those are as a team, though?
     
  10. Nick1881

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Nuneaton, UK

    I put stalking the members of overclockers on mine.

    On a serious note, I actually don't have a hobbies/interests section on mine, also you should never put about any extreme sports that you could pick up an injury from.
     
  11. Amakuma

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 Jan 2010

    Posts: 291

    People, do put down Drinking and Going out

    Was handed a CV for a new teacher the other days

    Interests included : finding god, knowing jesus
     
  12. arknor

    Caporegime

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    Location: Newcastle/Zurich

    was it for R.E ? :D
     
  13. Amakuma

    Gangster

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    Sadly not, English Teaching, I forgot being Holy was listed too
     
  14. I get around

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Jan 2009

    Posts: 4,325

    Volkswagen festival stuff, Music (playing and listening), Technology, Cooking.

    Shows I'm social and don't mind getting my hands dirty, I have a creative bit, I like new things and cooking. Or thats what I reckon it sends out.

    I did once have whisky taster in my hobbies but they'll know shortly after I start working how much I drink when I come in straight from a party or something.
     
  15. Dinomania

    Mobster

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    Tenuous for the dancing - true for the sailing.
     
  16. meghatronic

    Capodecina

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    Well I would include both of those. I meant things like "play games, socialising, going out, drinking, reading, DIY" etc are generally frowned upon. Purely as they're usually irrelevant to the job.
     
  17. n111ck

    Soldato

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    I always leave that off as what ever you put always looks lame and irrelevant and will probably just provoke a snigger or sneer from who ever is reading it.
     
  18. CliffyBiro

    Caporegime

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    Nothing wrong with wanting your £50s whiter than white.
     
  19. mac1st3

    Mobster

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    Location: Southampton

    but they should be red :confused: :p
     
  20. Narj

    Capodecina

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    "Water sports" should raise a giggle with HR.